Marching Khartoum students detained
Students from the University of Khartoum clashed again with security forces on Thursday as they protested against the relocation of faculties to outside the city, which has been denied by Sudanese Ministers. A number of students were detained or wounded.
For the second day in a row the students staged a demonstration against plans of the Sudanese government to make way for tourist attractions, and marched to the Ministy of Higher Education on Wednesday.
“The security service and policemen stormed the campus again on Thursday,” a woman student said. “The number of detainees and injured has risen to more than 120 students.”
The security service stormed the complexes of the university for the second day in a row on Thursday. “A number of students were detained too.”
Lawyer Manal Khodjaly, who volunteered to defend the case of the detained students told Radio Dabanga on Wednesday morning that the defence committee found out that 20 students have been released on bail.
“The committee of lawyers has demanded from the security service to disclose the names of 16 of the missing students,” Khodjaly said. She added that the security service has refused to respond to the request without the presence of the parents of the detainees.
'University's request for development project fund was mistaken for relocation plans.'
The Council of Ministers said that no decision has been made on moving faculties of the university from their current locastion, or dispose of them, on Thursday. The regular meeting of the Council of Ministers was headed by President Omar Al Bashir.
According to the official Sudan News Agency, the rumour of relocation plans were caused by the Minister of Higher Education's report during an earlier hearing of the council, about a funding request for developmental projects in Soba area by the University of Khartoum. The request was mistakenly understood as transforming the university.
Spokesman for the council, Omar Mohamed Saleh, stated that the relocation of the University of Khartoum was not handled at their meetings, nor in a meeting which brought together the Vice-President and the university's council.
Dozens of protesting students were injured on Tuesday as police confronted the mass with teargas and bullets.
Photos below: University of Khartoum students protest the relocation of faculties in a march to the Ministry of Higher Education on Wednesday 13 April, that was obstructed by police. (RD)
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